One year ago, McLaren Greater Lansing opened the doors to its new hospital on Collins Road, having transferred 112 patients in just six hours from the legacy facilities on Greenlawn and Pennsylvania avenues.
“A lot of preparation had gone into ensuring not only the building was ready but our staff was ready to care for our patients in our new home. I am extremely proud of our staff and the hard work they have put in to make sure the move was successful,” said Kirk Ray, president and CEO of McLaren Greater Lansing.
The McLaren health care campus includes a 240-bed acute care hospital, trauma level III stroke center and emergency department, Karmanos Cancer Institute, outpatient care center, and health and wellness pavilion.
“We immediately picked up where we left off; we couldn’t have a disruption in care for our patients,” said Amanda Lampron, interim chief nursing officer and director of patient care services. “We did a lot of day-in-the-life training and mock codes before the move, so our staff was comfortable in the new space before patients arrived.”
Those trainings proved successful as staff at McLaren Greater Lansing never missed a beat when moving from a hospital some of them had worked at for many decades into a brand-new space.
“I have worked at McLaren for 35 years. There have been many changes over the years. Definitely none as exciting as building a new hospital,” said Angela Tisdale, registered nurse at McLaren Greater Lansing. “The general orientation helped us prepare, and I encouraged all my co-workers to help the day we moved in. It was so amazing to see everyone working together and having fun in the process.”
In the past year, McLaren’s staff have cared for more than 10,000 patients, performed more than 22,000 surgical procedures, welcomed more than 1,200 babies into the world, and celebrated with almost 300 radiation oncology patients as they “rang the bell” signaling the end of their cancer treatments and the next step in their journey to becoming cancer-free.
“Since I had worked at the Greenlawn campus for 36 years, it was emotional for me to walk out of the doors one last time. I had the opportunity to work on move day and was the circulating RN for the first surgery performed at our new hospital, which happened around 4 p.m. on move day — and that was unbelievable,” said Karen Little, surgical nurse at McLaren Greater Lansing. “As simple as it sounds, my favorite part of the new hospital is the windows. Working in the OR, we don’t have the opportunity to look outside very often. The new hospital has many large windows, and when we leave the OR we can see the bright sun, which is refreshing and sometimes needed. Many patients have also mentioned how they appreciate the windows and how beautiful the hospital is.”
The hospital has also won multiple awards for its innovative design and functionality. Engineering News-Record (ENR) Midwest awarded McLaren Greater Lansing an Award of Merit in in its 2022 Best Projects competition, the hospital received the National Award of Merit in the health care facilities category from the Design-Build Institute of America, and it earned the third-place award from U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan.
While McLaren is celebrating the one-year anniversary milestone, there is more on the horizon.
“We are currently working with MSU on a joint venture outpatient radiology center,” said Ray. “The space will include four MRI units, two general X-ray units, one fluoro X-ray unit, three ultrasound units, one CT unit, one bone density and one PETCT unit. The radiology space will have extended operating hours and be a great addition to our community.”
Construction is wrapping up on a second medical services building that is scheduled to open on McLaren’s health care campus later this summer.
“We are so thankful for our staff and the community who have supported us this past year,” said Ray. “We are committing to providing extraordinary care for those who need it for many more years to come.”